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Rice-Noodle Salad with Chicken and Herbs

Photo: © Quentin Bacon
Yield 4 to 6
Bubbly drinks in all their forms, from sparkling wine to fizzy ginger beer, inspire an effervescent bubble party. Pair them with a cool Vietnamese-style noodle salad tossed in a bright (and fat-free) citrus dressing.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound dried rice noodles, about 1/4 inch wide
  • 3/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon asian fish sauce
  • 1/2 pound cabbage, finely shredded (4 cups)
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound cooked chicken, cut into long strips
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint
  • Sriracha, for serving

How to Make It

  1. In a bowl, cover the noodles with cold water and let stand until pliable, 25 minutes. Drain. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook, stirring, until al dente, 1 minute. Drain the noodles in a colander and return them to the pan. Fill the saucepan with cold water and swish the noodles around. Drain and swish the noodles 2 more times. Drain the noodles in the colander, lifting and tossing, until dry.

  2. In a small bowl, stir the grapefruit juice with the garlic, sugar and fish sauce until the sugar is dissolved.

  3. In a large bowl, toss the rice noodles with the shredded cabbage and scallions. Add the dressing and toss well. Add the chicken, cilantro and mint and toss. Serve right away, passing Sriracha sauce at the table.